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22 free things to do with kids around Seattle, July 8-14

Bring your little skippers to the Kids' Deck at Ballard SeafoodFest this weekend.

Photo: Ballard SeafoodFest via Facebook


Seattle's summer festivals are here, folks. Read on for free festivals near you that include live music, carnival games, parades and more. Also happening throughout the summer: free concerts, theater and movies in the parks. Have a great week!

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Wednesday, July 10

Student Wednesday at BAM Explore the Bellevue Arts Museum for free; just download the coupon from BAM's website. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bellevue Arts Museum.

Sounds of Summer Concert: Kalimba Introduce the kids to favorite ’70s songs at this Earth, Wind & Fire tribute concert. 7 to 8:30 p.m. University Village, Seattle (U-District)


Thursday, July 11

Drag Queen Story Time Meet Kara Sutra for an inclusive story time and a little glam. 10 a.m. to noon. Westlake Park, Downtown Seattle.

Children’s Hour at Scarecrow Video Learn about celebrations in Polynesian culture through videos, stories, crafts and games. 10:30 a.m. Scarecrow Video, Seattle (U-District).

Summer at SAM. Enjoy live music, food trucks, art making and park tours. 6 to 8 p.m. Olympic Sculpture Park Beach, Seattle.

Summer Picnic in the Park Bring a picnic to the park for a summer party with friends and neighbors. There will be face painting, lawn games and live music. 6 to 8 p.m. Volunteer Park, Seattle (Capitol Hill).


Friday, July 12

West Seattle Summer Fest Learn about gardening and sustainability, listen to live music, browse local crafts and play at the kids' zone. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday. West Seattle Junction.

The Music Man Kids Enjoy free admission to one of musical theatre’s most iconic stories. Noon to 1 p.m. Cope Gillette Theatre Plaza, Everett.

Redmond Derby Days It’s ‘game on’ in Redmond. Watch the longest-running bike criterium race, plus have fun at a carnival and parade. 4 to 10 p.m. today; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday. Redmond City Hall.

Outdoor Movie: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Watch one of the coolest Spider-Man movies yet on the big screen. There will be music and games before showtime at dusk. 6 to 10:30 p.m. Cascade Playground, Seattle (South Lake Union).


Saturday, July 13

Ballard Seafood Fest Celebrate Ballard’s heritage with a weekend filled with music, crafts, kids’ entertainment and of course, delicious seafood.  5 to 11 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. today, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Ballard business district.

Outdoor Theatre Festival From Shakespeare to improve, watch live theatre on several stages in Volunteer Park. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and Sunday. Volunteer Park, Seattle (Capitol Hill).

Wallingford Family Parade The 70th annual Wallingford parade celebrates the reopening of Lincoln High School. The Parade begins at Meridian Park and goes west on 45th to Interlake Ave. N. 11 a.m. Meridian Park, Seattle (Wallingford).

Mary Olson Farm Day Meet farm animals and go on a tour of a vintage farmhouse. Noon to 5 p.m. Mary Olson Farm, Kent.


Sunday, July 14

Sunday Public Sail Hop aboard a classic wooden boat and set sail around Lake Union. Sign up in person for one of the various time slots throughout the day. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Center for Wooden Boats, Seattle (South Lake Union).

Community Fun Skate Join Potential Fresh Meat Roller Derby for a roll around the rink. Loaner skates are available. Children who are younger than 18 need parent permission. Free; donations graciously accepted. 2 to 5 p.m. Magnuson Community Center, Seattle.

Kent Cornucopia Days Check out the last day of this street fair that includes live music and performances, a carnival, parades, sports events and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Meeker Street, Kent.


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